2012 Green Car Buyer’s Guide, Coda

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2012 Green Car Buyer’s Guide, Coda

2012 model year highlight from Coda.


Compiled by Megan E. Phelps, John Rockhold,
Hannah Kincaid, Emily Glover,
Bradley Berman and Zach McDonald

See “What the Numbers Mean” in The Ultimate Green Car Buyer’s Guide, 2012 for a full description of the metrics we collected for each model.


Electric, Compact

Base Price: $38,100?
City/Hwy/Combined MPGe: 77/68/73
Annual Fuel Cost: $850
Air Pollution Score: 10
Greenhouse Gas Score: 10
ACEEE Green Score and Class Ranking: N/A
Safety Ratings: N/A
Space: 82 cu. ft. p.v./seats 5
Drive Score: 2.5
Similar Used: New for 2012

Good to Know:

  • Price for the Coda sedan was originally announced at $44,000, but the company dropped the price for the 2012 base-level model — with a 31-kwh battery — to $37,250.
  • The EPA-rated driving range is 88 miles on a single full charge.
  • The Coda’s 6.6-kilowatt charger is faster than the Nissan Leaf’s — adding closer to 20 miles of driving per hour of charging rather than 10 to 12 hours.
  • The Coda sedan is assembled using existing gas-powered four-door cars manufactured in China. Coda integrates vehicle components and systems from 30 global suppliers.
  • When the 36-kwh battery option becomes available, Coda will push the range to 120-plus miles.
  • For now, the Coda is only available in California. Expect low production numbers for the first year or two.
  • Calling its design boring is a dramatic understatement.
  • Coda is the underdog of the electric vehicle movement. The company has been given no federal grants and faces an uphill battle to prove its quality and become a business success.

What the Press Says:

  • “While its range is impressive and its ride isn’t bad, the sticker price is liable to shock you even while its exterior styling puts you to sleep.” — Popular Mechanics
  • “The Coda is most notable for its range and quick charging. … Its ride and finish are at least on par with better-known independent EV manufacturers, including Tesla Motors.” — Los Angeles Times

More 2012 green cars: Find details about many more green cars from other automakers in The Ultimate Green Car Buyer’s Guide, 2012.

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